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Penn State honored Joe Paterno on Saturday. Jerry Sandusky's victims weren't mentioned.

Penn State honored its longtime football coach. The school skipped some things.

Penn State honored Joe Paterno during its victory against Temple Saturday afternoon. It was the school’s first formal commemoration of its 46-season head coach since it fired him in 2011. Paterno died months later.

The occasion is the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game as Penn State’s head coach, Sept. 17, 1966. The university played three separate videos, and ESPN's Josh Moyer reported the first led to a standing ovation.

Paterno lost his job at the height of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, which resulted in prison for Sandusky, disgrace for Penn State administrators and NCAA sanctions for the Nittany Lions. Paterno vacated 111 of his all-time-best 409 wins, but those were later restored.

He died long before the Sandusky case sped up in civil courts, where it’s still unfolding today. New allegations against Paterno's program went public as recently as this summer.

"My focus and our focus is on Temple and the game this week," current coach James Franklin said on Tuesday. "All of those other decisions, they're for the administration. Our focus is on Temple."

A group of Penn State lettermen is also on campus this weekend. At an event Friday night, they saw this video about Paterno's run at Penn State, narrated by his son, Jay, who says of Paterno's career legacy, "no one --€” no one --€” can take that away." This doesn't appear to be a university-affiliated video, unlike those played at the stadium on Saturday.

Outside the stadium:

Inside the stadium after the tribute:

Not making the final cut in any of the Paterno videos: any mention of Sandusky, or any mention of the people he victimized while he worked for Paterno's football program.